The presence of drug cartels within Mexico impacts U.S. national security, foreign policy, U.S. crime rates, and public health policy. Due to the direct and indirect effects that the cartels have on the United States, this paper examines the Mérida Initiative, the current U.S. anti-cartel policy, and makes several recommendations for future policy directions. Using official documents as well as current academic research, this paper examines the outcomes of past comparable policies that the United States has implemented in Colombia and Afghanistan to address the issue of drug trafficking.
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- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2014Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 29-33)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Criminology and criminal justice